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The Power of Observation

ITEM #: 4400802

What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to explore strategies for using observation to build relationships with families. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article “The Power of Observation” by Amy Dombro, Judy Jablon, and Margo Dichtelmiler
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this kit are beginning and intermediate teachers. This kit will introduce teachers to the power of observation for building relationships with families.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is 1.0 hour. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 - 2.0 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will explain how to use observation to appreciate and like individual children as a starting point to building relationships with families.
  2. Teachers will describe the different sets of information that teachers have about children in their classroom and that families have about their child at home.
  3. Teachers will list strategies for finding points of entry with children and families.
  4. Teachers will distinguish between one’s own attitudes, assumptions, and expectations about people and events and those of the families of children in their classroom.
  5. Teachers will construct a plan for organizing, reviewing, and using information from observation notes.
  6. Teachers will list strategies to use observations to inform interactions, teaching, and curriculum, and/or to communicate with families.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • J-3 of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc, 1998).
  • Standard 2, 3, and 4 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (naeyc, 2003).
  • 1304.21(a)(2)(ii) and 1304.21(c)(2) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).

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